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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Joe.G, Mar 1, 2012.
My hens lay from 10 to 12 am, bu there is always some late afternoon layers.
When my hens came into lay this year, I started noting down who laid what and when. The time quoted above seems pretty accurate to me from my experience.
My production red is always the first, followed by my silkie, Delware and mixed All usually lay before 10am. The next three lay right around 11:00 - 12:00 noon (BO, BR and Cochin) and when my Polish hen decides to lay, it's always 3:00 or after.
My grandmas- in the morning AFTER we feed them ( they knew we crave those eggs LOL)
Ours- morning (EE) mid day (orpington) late if at all (EE, doesnt even lay green eggs)
we only have 3 egg layers so far, but we have some chicks
Oh and its strange, the rooster hasnt been laying lately
Unless a chicken lays an egg every day of the year it's impossible for them to lay the same time every day.
It may seem like they lay a certain time.
Chickens in their prime are every 26 hours minimum. There are 24 hours in a day. That means they will be a little later each day till they have to skip a day. The next several days the eggs become fully developed at night so they wait till morning to lay them. That goes on for at least the next week after the skipped day.
That makes it seem like they always lay in the morning because most of them are laid in the morning but not all.
In the morning, if treats are being given or some other excitement interrupts them they'll wait longer to lay.
Those of you that let your birds out in the morning and throw scratch, well, they aren't going to stop eating scratch and go lay an egg until after that excitement is over. Those are the ones that seem like they lay around 10 or 11.
Research shows if feed is provided when a hen is about to lay, that will interrupt the cycle.
Older birds past their prime that don't lay every day will seem like they always lay in the morning and they probably always do.
It depends on the day!!! They lay early in the morning and then it gets later and later in the morning until they don't lay for a day. Then they start the cycle again.
How do you guys know what chicken lays what? I come out and there are eggs in the Boxes for the most part I am not there when they lay.
My girls lay through out the day. I have some that lay in the morning and some that lay in the afternoon. They all want to lay in the same box. It's so funny. Even if there is one already in the box another one will squeeze in there too. I have some that like to sit for a bit on the eggs and some that just lay and go. They all will "sound the alarm" to let me know there is someone in there laying or that someone just laied.